When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?

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Feel like your entire world has changed overnight? As you navigate a possible unplanned pregnancy, feelings of fear, confusion, and anxiety are normal to experience. 

Just remember that you are not alone. Take a pregnancy test a bit later than your missed period to get clarity. We’ll explain more details in the blog below!

Common Pregnancy Symptoms

First things first – are you experiencing a missed period or other common pregnancy symptoms? If you have one or more of these symptoms, it may point to pregnancy:

  • Tender, swollen breasts
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Moodiness
  • Food aversions
  • Increased urination

When to Take a Pregnancy Test

According to the Mayo Clinic, the best time to take a pregnancy test is at least one week after your missed period. If taken earlier, you may receive inaccurate pregnancy test results. 

It’s essential to wait a bit after your missed period, so your body has time to produce a detectable amount of hCG – human chorionic gonadotropin (a pregnancy hormone).

How Does A Pregnancy Test Work?

Taking a pregnancy test at home is very simple and painless. A pregnancy test checks your urine for hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), a hormone produced during pregnancy.

At-home pregnancy tests are 99 percent effective and very low in cost. Always follow up on your at-home test with lab-quality pregnancy testing to ensure your results. 

If It’s a Positive Test

At BsideU For Life, we offer free and confidential pregnancy testing so that you can be sure of your pregnancy. If you receive a positive pregnancy test, an ultrasound is your next step to pregnancy confirmation, which we also offer at no cost to you.

Schedule an appointment today to get clarity about your pregnancy results. If you are pregnant, our compassionate team is here to educate you about all your options. You are not alone.

How Do Pregnancy Tests Work?

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If you are unexpectedly pregnant, you may be wondering how pregnancy tests work and when to take one. First, know that you are not alone. 

Pregnancy tests detect the pregnancy hormone, normally through your urine, to determine if you are pregnant. With pregnancy tests, timing is key. In this blog, we share more about how pregnancy tests work and what’s next if you took an at-home pregnancy test already. 

What is a Pregnancy Test?

Maybe you’re experiencing nausea, a missed period, tender breasts, or moodiness. These are all common symptoms that could point to pregnancy.

A pregnancy test is a way to determine if you’re pregnant by measuring how much HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin is in your body. HCG is also known as the pregnancy hormone. This hormone starts to build about ten days after conception. 

How Do Pregnancy Tests Work?

There are multiple types of pregnancy tests, including a urine pregnancy test and a blood pregnancy test. Urine pregnancy tests are more common and easier to take.

A urine test can first be taken at home, and again with lab-quality pregnancy testing at a medical center like ours at BsideU For Life. 

At-Home Pregnancy Tests

You may have already taken an at-home pregnancy test. If not, it’s important to take the test at the right time—about one week after your missed period, according to the Mayo Clinic

Home pregnancy tests are 99% accurate if done correctly, but we recommend confirming the results with lab-quality pregnancy testing and an ultrasound to be sure.

Free Pregnancy Confirmation

Get pregnancy confirmation at BsideU For Life today to know what’s next in your journey. 

Schedule a free and confidential appointment to get started. Our caring staff is here to answer any of your pregnancy questions along the way, and help you learn your options if you’re pregnant.

What Do I Need to Know if I am Pregnant in College?

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We understand that all aspects of college, class, sports events, clubs, and personal time, can be difficult to balance. Considering the responsibilities you have as a college student, finding out you are pregnant can bring a load of emotions. No matter what you are feeling right now, know that you are not alone. Approaching pregnancy in college can have its challenges, but we are here to help guide you towards making an empowered decision for your future.

Confirm Your Pregnancy 

At-home pregnancy tests have a 99% accuracy, however, there can be instances where user error can lead to a false test result. Pregnancy tests are most accurate when taken either after a missed period or ten days after possible conception. We recommend the use of lab-quality pregnancy testing, administered by one of our nurses, to confirm your pregnancy before we move forward with your next steps. 

After pregnancy is confirmed, we will assist you in scheduling an ultrasound to determine individualized details about your pregnancy, such as: 

  1. Your pregnancy’s viability 
  2. Your pregnancy’s location
  3. Your pregnancy’s gestational age

These details will help guide you towards a pregnancy decision as well as allow our sonographer to identify any concerns, such as an ectopic pregnancy, and take appropriate action. 

Find Your Support System

If it is determined that you are pregnant, it’s okay to pause, take a deep breath, and process your emotions before making any decisions. When you are surrounded by people that offer an encouraging and caring posture, it can help lift some of the burden and adverse feelings as you weigh your pregnancy options. If you have friends and family that you trust, reach out to them and explain what you are going through.

Many of the women feel that they do not have friends or family that are willing to support them during this time. If you feel this way, please know our caring team members at BSideU for Life are willing to walk alongside you during this time. We believe in you.

Will I Still Be Able to Finish My Degree?

If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy as a college student, you may fear not being able to finish your degree, maintain student involvement, or retain scholarships. The great news is Title IX requires that students are allowed to take time off from school for pregnancy-related absences for as long as medically necessary. All you have to do is provide a doctor’s note clearly stating your pregnancy. This allows you to make up any missed work, exams, papers, etc. 

You also have the choice to claim an incomplete in your classes and make it up when you are able. We want to share an inspiring story about a young woman who was determined to continue her degree throughout her pregnancy. 

Learn more about your rights as a pregnant college student and explore other beneficial resources here.

Receive Free Resources

At BsideU For Life, we offer no-cost and confidential pregnancy help, testing, and other related sexual health services. Our team of caring individuals will inform you of all of your pregnancy options: adoption, abortion, and parenting. We are dedicated to providing you with companionate and individualized care. 

The goal of our team is to listen, answer your questions, and equip you with all of the information to empower you in making the right decision for you. 

Request a free and confidential appointment with us today!

How Do I Tell My Parents I’m Pregnant?

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You just found out you’re pregnant, and it may literally feel like the end of the world for you right now. 

But, you actually have the power to choose what you do next and who you go to for support. Telling your parents could be the hardest part of the beginning stages of pregnancy – especially if they didn’t see this coming. 

Remember that we all face unexpected twists and turns in life. You are not alone. First, take a deep breath. Here are some tips on how to tell your parents the big news.

1. The Right Place at the Right Time

Timing is everything! Do your best to pick a convenient time and place to tell your parents you’re pregnant. Choose a time when they are off work and have the capacity to process it well. Also make sure it’s in a private place like their home so they feel comfortable and can be present with no distractions.

It’s best to tell your parents you’re pregnant in person and when they’re together if possible. We know how nerve-racking all of this can feel. Thinking about all these little details beforehand will make a big difference.

2. Let Them Respond 

It can be tempting when sharing this surprising news to take over the conversation in order to feel a sense of control – but try your best to leave them room to respond in their own way. Many young women are surprised by their parents’ responses – good or bad. 

It’s best to remember that they are just as much in shock as you were when you found out. Try to put yourself in their shoes and extend care and compassion. Give them room and time afterwards to process the news.

If you don’t feel safe telling your parents alone due to an expected angry response, take a trusted friend, relative, or partner. If you don’t feel safe going in person at all, tell them over the phone. You deserve to feel safe when taking this step.

3. Have a Pregnancy Plan

Lastly, before sharing the news with your parents, have a pregnancy plan in place so you are confident when speaking with them. You have three options: parenting, abortion, or adoption. If you’re still unsure, we can help educate you and navigate these options together. 

We also provide free and confidential pregnancy confirmation services so you can be sure and make an empowered choice for your pregnancy. 

Our compassionate team is here to support you today. No matter if your parents decide to support you or not, we are here for you.

What Is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

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An ectopic pregnancy, also referred to as an extrauterine pregnancy or tubal pregnancy, is a pregnancy in which a fertilized egg implants and begins to develop outside of the uterus, typically in the fallopian tubes.

These pregnancies are nonviable and can be potentially life-threatening if left untreated.

What Causes an Ectopic Pregnancy? 

While some ectopic pregnancies can occur randomly or without a known cause, they can often be attributed to other health conditions or medical procedures. Scarring of reproductive organs is a common cause as the scar tissue may cause the egg to get stuck on its way to the uterus.

Ectopic pregnancies may be related to the following health conditions or habits: 

  • Smoking
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) 1
  • Endometriosis 
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Medical treatments, such as abortion 2
  • Fertility treatments 

Can Ectopic Pregnancies Be Moved? 

Unfortunately, no — ectopic pregnancies cannot be moved to the uterus and are considered nonviable, meaning they do not have the potential to make it to term. If you are diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy, it’s essential to be treated as soon as possible to avoid a potentially fatal outcome. 

How Do I Know if I Have an Ectopic Pregnancy? 

Symptoms related to ectopic pregnancies can be similar to those of a normal pregnancy, including a missed period, nausea, or breast sensitivity. However, the longer the ectopic pregnancy is allowed to develop, the more noticeable the symptoms may become. 

The following may be symptoms of ectopic pregnancy:

 

  • Unusual vaginal bleeding (changing pads every hour) 
  • Dizziness, fainting, or lightheadedness
  • Acute abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Pain in the shoulder area

Whether you are experiencing unusual symptoms or not, it’s important to rule out the presence of an ectopic pregnancy through an ultrasound scan.

If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and are considering abortion, it’s still essential to receive an ultrasound scan to confirm that you are not pregnant with an ectopic pregnancy.

Where Can I Get a Free Ultrasound Scan? 

BsideU for Life provides free and confidential ultrasound scans to help you learn more about your pregnancy and rule out the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy.  

Schedule your free appointment today!





1. Westergaard L, Phillipsen T, Scheibel J (1982). “Significance of cervical Chlamydia trachomatis infection in postabortal pelvic inflammatory disease.” Obstetrics and Gynecology, 68(5): 668-90; Ovigstad E, et al. (1983). “Pelvic inflammatory disease associated with Chlamydia trachomatis infection after therapeutic abortion.” Br J Vener Dis, 59: 189-92; Heisterberg L, et al. (1987). “The role of vaginal secretory immunoglobulin a, gardnerella vaginalis, anaerobes, and Chlamydia trachomatis in post abortal pelvic inflammatory disease.” Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 66(2): 99-102.

2. Bhattacharya, S. et al. Reproductive outcomes following induced abortion: a national register-based cohort study in Scotland. BMJ Open. 2, (2012).

How Does an Ultrasound Work?

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If you’ve recently discovered that you’re pregnant, you may be wondering what steps you need to take to get more information about your condition. One of the best ways to gather information on your pregnancy is through an ultrasound scan.

Today, we’re talking about the importance of ultrasound scans, how they work, and where and when to schedule yours.

How does an ultrasound work?

Imaging technology is often required to see internal organs and understand what’s happening inside the body. While some imaging technology used in the medical field utilizes radiation, ultrasound scans use harmless, high-frequency sound waves.

These waves are sent through the body using a transducer instrument. When the sound waves hit soft tissue or fluid they travel through, but when they hit denser surfaces they send echoes back to the transducer. These echoes are then translated through the computer to create an image of the body part under observation.1

I’m Pregnant — What Will an Ultrasound Reveal About my Pregnancy?

Ultrasounds are used by doctors in order to make certain diagnoses, guide surgeries, and, most commonly, to gather important information regarding pregnancy.

If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you have three options: parenting, adoption, or abortion. Regardless of which pregnancy option you’re considering, getting an ultrasound is an important step in making an informed choice for your future.

Ultrasound scans provide patients and doctors with the following details about their pregnancies:

  • The age of the pregnancy
    For those who are hoping to parent or place the baby for adoption, knowing the age of your pregnancy will help you prepare along the way and make plans before and after the birth. If you’re considering abortion, the gestational age of your pregnancy may greatly impact your options as some procedures are only available during certain stages of pregnancy.
  • The viability of the pregnancy
    Not all pregnancies will result in a healthy human life. Pregnancies that are not developing properly or will not survive outside of the womb on their own are considered nonviable. Ultrasound scans will help your doctor determine the viability of your pregnancy and give you information about the options available to you.
  • Health concerns related to the pregnancy
    Regardless of the pregnancy option you are considering, it’s important to ensure that you don’t have any health conditions that could make pregnancy or abortion dangerous for you. Ultrasounds will reveal pregnancy health conditions, such as ectopic pregnancies, and will alert your doctor to the need for any emergency interventions.

When do I need to get an ultrasound?

It’s suggested to receive routine ultrasounds scans through the pregnancy, with the first ultrasound occuring in the first six to eight weeks.

If you are considering abortion and want to fully understand the options available to you, you may want to schedule an ultrasound scan at your local pregnancy center as soon as possible.

Where can I get a free ultrasound scan?

BsideU for Life offers free early pregnancy services, such as lab-quality pregnancy testing, ultrasound scans, education, resources, options counseling, and more!

Getting an ultrasound scan is easy and free at BsideU for Life, so schedule your free appointment today!

1. Brazier, Y. (2017) “How do ultrasound scans work?” www.medicalnewstoday.com. Accessed June 29, 2021.

Top 7 Pregnancy Symptoms

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If you missed your period, are feeling extra emotional, or feeling aversions to certain foods, you may wonder if you’re pregnant. While there are common tell-tale signs of pregnancy, it’s important to take a pregnancy test and get an ultrasound to know for sure. 

It’s best to take your first pregnancy test at least one week after you’ve missed your period, so while you wait, here are seven pregnancy symptoms to watch out for:

1. Missed period

The first and most common sign of pregnancy is a missed period. However, missing your period doesn’t necessarily mean you’re pregnant. High stress or other hormonal changes can disrupt your cycle, causing you to miss your period.

If you’ve recently been sexually active and miss your period, it’s smart to take a pregnancy test. You can also follow up to confirm the accuracy of the test at our clinic, where we can also provide a free ultrasound to reveal even more information about your pregnancy if your test is positive.

2. Sore, tender breasts

The second most common symptom of pregnancy is tender or sore breasts. As your body changes to prepare for the pregnancy, the hormone surge can make your breasts feel sensitive. This usually passes after a few weeks as your body adjusts to the hormonal changes.

3. Nausea, with or without vomiting

Unfortunately, “morning sickness” isn’t confined just to the morning. It can strike at any time of the day or night. Morning sickness is experienced differently by every woman during pregnancy. Some don’t experience it at all.

While the cause of morning sickness isn’t 100% known, changing hormones are believed to play a role.

4. Food cravings or food aversions

Many women experience cravings for foods they disliked before being pregnant throughout their pregnancies. It’s also common to have strong aversions to foods you previously enjoyed. 

Again, pregnancy hormones are likely the cause of these changes when it comes to food preferences.

5. Mood swings

It’s common to feel like you’re on an emotional roller coaster during pregnancy. This can be disorienting if you normally don’t experience high highs or low lows, but know that it’s a normal pregnancy symptom.

Giving yourself grace for these unexpected emotions and space to feel them is healthy and encouraged while you’re pregnant. Know that they aren’t permanent and are a common aspect of pregnancy for many women.

6. Fatigue

If you feel extra tired in the early stages of pregnancy, there’s a good reason! Your body is hard at work producing extra hormones and progesterone can make you feel sleepy. 

7. Increased urination

Your body produces more blood during pregnancy, giving your kidneys extra fluid to process. This fluid ends up in your bladder, causing you to take more frequent trips to the bathroom.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you might be pregnant. It’s important to confirm with a pregnancy test and ultrasound, though, because these can be symptoms of other medical conditions as well. 

We offer free and confidential pregnancy testing and limited ultrasounds so you can get the answers you need. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

10 Signs You Might Be Pregnant

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Not positive that you are pregnant yet? The waiting can be a nerve-racking place to be. An unplanned pregnancy is never easy, but whatever happens, you are not alone. If you think you are experiencing early pregnancy symptoms, always take a pregnancy test to be sure. Here are some of the most common signs that you might be pregnant.

What are the top 10 signs that I might be pregnant?

Here are ten of the most common pregnancy signs that could point to pregnancy:

1. More Frequent Urination 

When you become pregnant, your body’s amount of blood increases and causes your kidneys to process more fluid. This fluid then makes its way into your bladder, causing you to urinate frequently. If you are urinating more frequently than usual, you may be pregnant.

2. Your Missed Period

A missed period is a very common early sign of pregnancy. It all has to do with your unique menstrual cycle and what normal is for you. If you have irregular periods often, pregnancy may not be the case. On the other hand, if you missed your period and it’s out of your menstrual routine, you might be pregnant.

3. Fatigue

Fatigue can feel like muscle weakness, tiredness, or slowed reflexes and responses. During early pregnancy, you may feel sleepy due to the extra progesterone in your body. If you’re feeling constant fatigue or even slight signs of it, pregnancy could be the reason.

4. Nausea 

Some women experience nausea early in their pregnancy, and some not at all. Nausea with or without vomiting is a common sign that you are pregnant. The hormonal changes in pregnancy play a big part in this and how you experience this pregnancy symptom.

5. Mood Swings

Ever feel like you can’t control your mood? Mood swings are obvious for those you live with and can pick up on it before you do. Due to the number of hormones released in your body during pregnancy, you can become very sensitive and emotional. 

6. Tender Breasts

During pregnancy, hormonal changes can cause your breasts to be sore and sensitive. Once your body adjusts to your pregnancy, this can tend to go away further into your pregnancy. Tender breasts are a common sign that you might be pregnant.

7. Food Aversions

Are you feeling extra sensitive to certain foods or odors? Experiencing food aversions is common in early pregnancy. It’s a process that your body goes through during your first trimester. 

8. Mild Cramping

Slight cramping could be an early symptom of pregnancy. Many times, women experience this in their first trimester and it’s nothing to be worried about. If you come up negative for pregnancy, do follow up with your doctor.

9. Nasal Congestion

An increase in hormonal levels and higher blood production causes mucus membranes to swell and dry. It can cause you to have a runny or stuffy nose. This is subtle but a common early pregnancy symptom.

10. Bloating

Bloating is a more difficult symptom because many things can cause it. The hormonal changes during early pregnancy could cause you to feel bloated, similar to how you feel at the beginning of your menstrual period.

How do I confirm I’m Pregnant?

If you find yourself experiencing a couple or even just one of these symptoms, you should confirm your pregnancy. Take an at-home pregnancy test and then receive lab-quality pregnancy testing to be sure. Confirming your pregnancy will give you the confidence you need to move forward. Talk to our team today if you have any pregnancy symptoms, questions, or if you want to know more about your pregnancy options. We are here for you.

 

Schedule a free and confidential appointment today.

 

“Symptoms of pregnancy: What happens first.” Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/getting-pregnant/in-depth/symptoms-of-pregnancy/art-20043853.

 

When Do Pregnancy Symptoms Begin?

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If you recently had unprotected sex or a birth control failure, it’s easy to think every little twinge or symptom you feel is a sign you are pregnant. But it’s important to know most women will not experience symptoms of pregnancy until they are at least 5-6 weeks pregnant. 

 

Mild Early Pregnancy Symptoms

 

In some cases women may experience minimal spotting around three weeks when the fertilized egg implants on the uterine wall. Also during the third and fourth week you may notice little hints of pregnancy, like a loss of appetite for certain foods, fatigue, or urinating more frequently than normal. 

 

As your pregnancy progresses into the 4th and 5th week these symptoms can become more pronounced, and you may have periods of nausea and begin to notice breast tenderness. Pregnancy symptoms can become more pronounced during this time because your body is beginning to make changes to care for your pregnancy. These changes are caused mostly by the hormone levels in your body beginning to adjust. 

 

Other Pregnancy Symptoms

 

Hormone level changes are the major contributor to many of the symptoms you may begin to notice in the 6th and 7th week as well. During this time, morning sickness, or just overall nausea, can become more prevalent. You may also notice mood swings and an increase in fatigue. At this point your uterus and pregnancy are also growing rapidly leading to more frequent urination. Spotting during this time is not unusual.

 

Pregnancy symptoms become more pronounced by the 8th week. In addition to all the earlier symptoms, you may begin to experience bloating, heartburn, and sleep disruptions. Food cravings and food aversions may join the list, and of course, your clothes may begin to feel a little tighter with weight gain and pregnancy progress.

 

Get the Answers You Need

 

While all these symptoms can be indicators of pregnancy, the best way to know if you are pregnant is with a pregnancy test and a visit to your local healthcare provider. The medical staff at BSideU for Life can discuss these symptoms, provide free pregnancy testing, an ultrasound at the right time, and provide you the information you need to make the best decision for your health. 

 

Contact BSideU for Life today to schedule your free appointment. 

Is Planned Parenthood Free?  

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For some women, a positive pregnancy test brings about feelings of fear, worry, and stress, especially when finances are already a source of anxiety. Diapers, food, clothes, etc. — it’s no secret that parenting comes with expenses. However, what often goes undiscussed are the expenses that come with terminating a pregnancy. 

Your friends at BsideU for Life are here to prove you’re not alone in this new season, give you the facts about your pregnancy options, and dispel some important abortion myths. 

Is Planned Parenthood Free? 

As you consider your pregnancy options, understanding the potential costs is important. Abortion is a serious medical procedure and is often not covered by insurance plans, and unfortunately, you’ll likely find that many abortion clinics are seeking financial gain based on the choices you make for your body. 

Because Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit organization, many women assume they will find free services when they walk in their clinic doors; however, you might be surprised to find that healthcare at Planned Parenthood doesn’t come cheap. 

While it depends on the abortion procedure you choose, what part of the country you live in, and market competition in general, you can expect to pay anywhere from $500 for medical abortions and first-trimester surgical abortions to upwards of $3000 for second trimester or late-term abortions. You can also expect to pay additional fees for some other testing services or medication related to your pregnancy and abortion. 

Free Pregnancy Testing

While most abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood won’t offer free reproductive healthcare, you still have options!

Before you schedule an appointment for an abortion, it’s important to confirm your pregnancy with a certified lab-quality test. Even if you’ve taken an at-home pregnancy test, a lab-quality test will confirm you still have detectable levels of pregnancy hormones, indicating that you’re still pregnant. While a pregnancy test might be added to your bill at an abortion clinic, you can find free and confidential pregnancy testing at your local pregnancy centers, like BsideU for Life.

Free Ultrasound

You might be wondering why you would want to get an ultrasound if you’re planning on getting an abortion. However, ultrasounds are not just for women who plan to parent. These scans are actually an important part of the abortion process as they will help you identify the age, location, and viability of the pregnancy. 

These facts will not only give you insight into which abortion procedure you’re eligible for, but they will also help you identify any underlying conditions you might have that would increase the dangers of abortion. 

An ultrasound is required under Kentucky law prior to having an abortion as part of the patient’s informed consent rights.   If you obtain a free ultrasound from BsideU, it cannot be substituted for the one that an abortion clinic must provide by law.  

Schedule your free appointment today! 

The staff here at BsideU for Life is passionate about providing women with the resources and facts related to their pregnancy options.

When you walk inside our clinic, you’ll find pregnancy testing and ultrasound services, pregnancy options counseling, and physical and educational resources if you decide parenting or adoption are right for you. Most importantly, we’re here to help you confidently make the best decision for yourself and your future!